4 Ways You Can Help Your Kid Enjoy Getting Glasses
Wearing glasses for the first time can be a difficult adjustment for any child.
Better vision might not always seem worth it to a kid compared to how strange new glasses feel or what their peers might think.
So what can you do as a parent to help them get in the habit and really love their glasses?
We’ve got four suggestions for you that we’ve seen help a lot of kids here at Vision Source:
1. Make Sure Their Glasses Fit
Ill-fitting glasses, no matter how perfectly they correct your child’s vision, are not going to be fun to wear. They’ll end taking them off every chance they get, which obviously defeats the purpose. So when you buy them initially, be sure they fit your child’s face. Our opticians can take a look and evaluate this before you make your final decision.
2. Set Goals For Wearing Glasses
For a child who isn’t willing to wear their glasses full-time from the start, a gradual ramp-up might be a good idea. You can begin small by expecting them to wear their glasses for just a half-hour, then increase to an hour, then two. Slowly but steadily add more time, and before you know it they’ll be wearing them all day. You could offer small prizes for achieving these milestones to give them more motivation.
3. Let Them Choose Their Glasses
Help your child feel confident in their glasses – let them pick out their own frames!
Glasses are like a customizable facial feature, and that makes them an awesome expression of personal style. So forget about your own ideas of color coordination and fashion, because your child has their own idea of what cool glasses look like.
A similar factor to think about is how the glasses make your child look for their age. A toddler should wear glasses made for toddlers, but older children will understandably feel embarrassed to wear “baby glasses.” They want adults and other kids to respect them for how grown-up they seem, and their glasses are part of that.
4. Get Their Glasses Adjusted Regularly
It’s normal for glasses to need readjusting at times, especially when it comes to kids. Most children are active enough that their glasses will get bent out of shape, and that’s okay. Stop in to see us periodically and let us check to make sure your child’s glasses are sitting correctly on their face; it will make them much more comfortable to wear.
Getting glasses doesn’t have to be a miserable experience for a kid! Here at Vision Source Meadville, we help kids pick out the right frame all the time. Come in and let us help you and your little one find a pair of glasses they’ll love!
Think your child might need glasses? Click here to request their vision screening!